In Memoriam...  Ron Anderson, LR31314... September 24, 2006

I have the sad duty of informing the Department Commanders and our membership of the death of Department of Oregon Commander Ron Anderson on Sunday, September 24th. Sad duties such as this are more frequent these days, but they never become so numerous that I do not grieve for our fellow soldiers and warriors.

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CSM Anderson had assumed the helm of the Department of Oregon just this year. The current issue of The Graybeards covers the Department meetings held on June 23rd and 24th of this year—four months ago (pp32-33). The Graybeards story provides coverage of expansion dedication at the Oregon Korean War Memorial at Wilsonville, and a photo of CSM Anderson and me at the dinner following the Department meeting on June 23rd.

I will always remember Ron best as he and I shared the shade of a tent the next day during the ceremonies at the Memorial. It was 100 degrees and climbing, one of the hottest days in history for that part of Oregon and two old soldiers—and a lot of younger ones!—shared the shade and ice water. We never know, my friends.

GOD bless you, Ron and encourage our brothers and sisters in Oregon to pick up the work that you had so recently and effectively reopened.

Ron’s funeral will be at 1300hrs, Thursday, September 28th at New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Road, Happy Valley, OR 97086. The Military Service will be at 1500hrs at the Veterans Cemetery. Director Jim Willis, Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will attend both services and deliver the Eulogy at the Military Service. Director Willis, who was the speaker at the meeting on June 23rd, has graciously accepted to represent the National KWVA at the services in addition to his Department. Collectively the KWVA PRESENTS ARMS, Ron: God’s rest for you and His comfort for your loved ones.

Louis T Dechert
National President, KWVA/US

(Posted 9/26/06)